Littleton art gallery opens window on France

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“La Soleil du le Riviera” is the title for Pixie Gore’s and Kathy Dawson’s joint art exhibit in September in the Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center.

Paintings of the beautiful South of France by two artists who have traveled there many times will bring the color and sunshine into the gallery for a month, while “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” the onstage musical, tells a lighthearted tale of two (singing and dancing) con men who agree to cooperate in bilking wealthy tourists, especially women, who are visiting the Riviera.

Kathy Dawson is a travel agent who specializes in art-related touring and will actually be on the Riviera when the play opens on Sept. 13. She grew up in an artistic family in Colorado, received a master of arts from University of Northern Colorado and has lived in Germany and toured Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean as a group escort in “The Fine Art of Travel.”

She is especially recognized for her paintings of European villages on sheet music, maps, blueprints and foreign currency. Wall murals, including a mural of the Paris Opera House at the Buell Mansion, and faux finishes are a specialty also.

Pixie Gore grew up in western Utah in rural areas and was led on many world travels by a sense of adventure. She lived on the Cote d’Azur for eight months, where she enjoyed the same sunny days that influenced the French Impressionists.

She also lived in Spain, where she staged an art festival in Marbella.

She has been a part-time Spanish teacher at Alameda High School, guest artist at Denver School of the Arts and in earlier years worked as a graphic artist.

The duo will meet art lovers at a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25.

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If you go

“La Soleil du le Riviera” is exhibited through September at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., in downtown Littleton. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and during performances. Art will be for sale. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a musical set on the French Riviera, plays Thursdays through Sundays. Information: townhallartscenter.com, 303-794-2787.

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